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HI ALL my name is alan and im from fort dodge iowa..im just learning the ins and outs of deer hunting never been deer hunting but would like to try it sometime..wife brought me a slug barrel for my 870 2 years ago and it hasnt even been shot maybe 2 times...

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alan - Great to have you here Big smile you're in a great spot to try your hand at whitetails! Iowa puts out some good ones. I kind of started out hunting like you. Fished alot then started quail,rabbit,squirrel,trapping and then moved on toward the deer.

Need any help be sure to ask. Plenty of good people around here to answer any questions you have Thumbs up

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thanks ive been trying to maybe find someone that could take me and show me the ropes atleast get me going on my own....i think i have just aboiut everything i need but i dont know where to go look for deer at and what to look for...

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Do you have any relatives or co-workers or anyone else you have contact with that knows about hunting that can take you out? Do you have private land you can hunt or will you be hunting public land? That really is the best way to learn, having someone to go with, but it can be learned on your own if need be Thumbs up

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Wow , I just saw all your other post. You're serious Big smile I tell you what I know, hope it helps, your going to keep me up all night lol

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sorry for keeping you busy got all kinds of questions and such..i dont have anyone that could takeme..i guess from the looks and sounds of it i may just have to learn it buy myself.slow learner takes me awhile to get onto something..ill probabily be hunting public land i dont know of any farmers..i dont even know where to look for some good ground at

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Best thing about learning on your own, you can take your time and enjoy the outdoors that much more. I read alot of books and magazines and watched alot of videos. I learned alot from many, many mistakes, but I believe the mistakes have made me a better hunter. Keep asking around and knock on some farmers door.
Here's a link to your Wildlife Department:
http://www.iowadnr.com/wildlife/

I'm sure they can help as far as finding public land. Where you are at, look for crop land next to wooded draws, timber, or CRP.

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i do know of where theres some public land at it gets really busy when first season opens up ive seen hunters flock to it before not so sure about bow hunters i have walked around there before.. it looks like it would be good deer area..its got food and a creek close buy with a valley...thers about 5 or 6 fields around there both corn and soybean. theres lots of good covber out there..theres some kind of weeds out there they artaller then me and im6'0..one year me and a old friend was walking out there running his dog the dog spotted something in these weeds and out jumped a nice deer and the dog was off and running after him

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Sounds like a good spot , minus the other hunters. Search for places just like it so you have several choices.

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that area is a big area its called lizard creek wildlife area its 103 acres..heres a link to the place im talking about bob hay memorial consevatioon area...

http://www.iowadnr.com/wildlife/wmamaps/lizardcreek.pdf

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You got lots of questions, I'd suggest a good book and a muscle relaxer Thumbs up

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